FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF MALAYSIA
Assalamualaikum WBT, Salam Sejahtera & Salam 1 Malaysia greetings.
Praise be to Allah the Almighty for His grace and blessings I am given the opportunity to interact with anyone with interests in the national fisheries sub-sector, particularly to the fishermen group.
Indeed, LKIM which was established 44 years ago has gone through many hardships in implementing various developments for the cause of fishermen in this country. Concurrently, many feedbacks received by LKIM had also been applied towards increasing the roles of this agency especially in the context of human capital development and the identity of fishermen.
Today LKIM emphasises on the five development cores to fishermen namely the Marketing Development, Infrastructural Development, the Development of Fishermen, Agro-Based Industries and Registrar of Fishermen’s Associations. All five programmes mentioned correspond to the main function of the agency, which is to boost and promote efficient and effective management on the industry and marketing of fish.
In accordance with current challenges of the national fisheries sector and sub-sector, LKIM is held responsible in ensuring that fishermen receive returns worth all their hard efforts at sea and at the same time consumers are also getting reasonable prices for quality fish products through the war in combating middlemen or better known as Program Jihad Memerangi Orang Tengah (JMOT) within the fisheries sub-sector. Among the efforts that are being strategically implemented is the creation of fishermen markets, the direct selling of fishes by the fishermen themselves or fishermen associations in Agro Markets or Agro Bazaars as well as the aggressive roles played by Fishermen Associations in the supply of fish or fish enterprise.
Therefore, I would like to urge anyone to provide us with views in ensuring that the best services are delivered to the fishermen community in Malaysia. At the same time we too have a social responsibility to the general public in providing input and information on the national fisheries sub-sector.
Thank you. Wassalam.
Y.Bhg. Dato’ M.Saedon bin Ab. Majid